Celebrated Columbia University professor Andrew Delbanco will deliver the Flora Plonsky Levy Lecture, Thursday, April 23, 7:00 PM at the LITE Center. The title of the lecture is "How Could Anyone Defend Slavery?: Moral Crisis in Antebellum America."

The lecture will be dedicated to the memory of Professor David Thibodaux.

Andrew Delbanco writes on American culture. A graduate of Harvard University, he began teaching at Columbia University in 1985 and, since 1995, he has been Columbia's Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities.

Delbanco's book, The Puritan Ordeal received the 1990 Lionel Trilling Award at Columbia University. He is the author of The Death of Satan, Required Reading, and The Real American Dream. Among the books he has edited are, Writing New England, The Portable Abraham Lincoln, The Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson (volume 2), Edgar Allen Poe, and The Puritans in America. He has also published the biography Melville: His World and Work (2005), which also won the Lionel Trilling Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in biography.

Professor Delbanco won the 2006 Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates.  His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and other journals, on topics ranging from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education. In 2001 he was named by Time magazine as "America's Best Social Critic," and in 2003 was chosen New York State Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities.

Delbanco has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a member of the inaugural class of fellows at the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers. He is a trustee of the National Humanities Center and the Library of America, and has served as Vice President of PEN American Center. Since 1995 he has held the Julian Clarence Levi Professor Chair in the Humanities at Columbia University.

Professor Delbanco is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has served as vice president of PEN American Center, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, the NEH, and the National Humanities Center.

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